How We Give
Potlatch has a long tradition of philanthropic giving through charitable contributions and through our support of employee giving and volunteerism.
Our giving program focuses on the communities where we live and do business, and is concentrated in four areas: community programs, conservation of natural resources, education and major gifts. In 2016, we contributed a total of $177,000.
Potlatch maintains a keen awareness for opportunities to support education at all levels. We match our employees' gifts to qualifying educational institutions up to a total of $1,500 per employee. We are also a major sponsor of the Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship Fund.
Community ProgramsWe make gifts to a wide range of programs, seeking to support as many aspects of our diverse communities as we can. We contribute to arts organizations, youth sports programs, clubs, and more. We also match our employees' gifts to United Way at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar. In 2016 our employees made personal donations totaling more than $87,800. Potlatch matching donations to United Way totaled more than $43,900. Our employees also support programs in their communities by serving on boards or in other volunteer capacities.
Natural resource conservation As a recognized leader in forest stewardship, we understand the importance of conserving natural resources. We support both local and national programs dedicated to that effort. At the local level, our gifts support conservation education, programs at various conservation organizations, and project work. We support organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, The Theodore Roosevelt Conversation Partnership and the Conservation Fund.
Major giftsWe periodically make major gifts to capital campaigns and programs for hospitals, libraries, community centers, and other organizations that are central to the quality of life in our communities. These gifts sometimes include multi-year commitments. Over the years we have made major commitments to the Fox Theatre, the YMCA/YWCA Building Campaign, the Rypien Foundation, the Mobius Science Center and Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington. Similarly, we have made major contributions to the hospital in Bemidji MN, The Boys and Girls Club in Cass Lake MN, the YMC in Warren Arkansans and numerous donations throughout North Central Idaho. We continue to support the Lionel Hamptom Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.